294 Celebrity Summit Romantic Cruise Reviews

Have taken many cruises over the years. With the exception of 2 cruises, we always cruised Royal Caribbean. After the last cruise, 2 years ago on the Anthem, we decided to try Celebrity. The service was 100% better! From the moment we ... Read More
Have taken many cruises over the years. With the exception of 2 cruises, we always cruised Royal Caribbean. After the last cruise, 2 years ago on the Anthem, we decided to try Celebrity. The service was 100% better! From the moment we went aboard, we received excellent service with a smile. It seems every employee is happy and walks around with a smile and kind word, If you ask them where something is, they take you there! One of the disappointments on our last RC cruise was not having enough staff to service the passengers. We had a drink package and it was an effort to get a drink! On Celebrity, we were asked numerous times by numerous staff if we needed a drink. This was at EVERY bar. In the Main dining room, you had a drink server, sommelier, waiter, asst waiter and maitre D. On the Anthem, our Asst waiter was actually making the drinks and they didn't arrive until after dinner came! Our first night in the Main dining room, we were not happy with the location of our table which was near the serving station. When we left, we asked if we could change. They said they were all reserved and they would try. We arrived in our room the next day and a note with our new table was listed. Food was really good in the dining room. The Oceanview Cafe had a great buffet, nice selection of food, tables cleaned quickly, and managers constantly overseeing the operation. I am not really a buffet person, but ate there quite often. We tried 2 Specialty Restaurants, Tuscan Grill and Qsine. Both excellent. Qsine was very interesting, an eclectic restaurant with various types of food. Order on an Ipad and let them know when you are full. We initially ordered too much and they stopped when we were finished. The cabin was very nice. We usually do inside, husband likes the darkness in the room. The bed was so comfortable, almost as good as the Marriott beds. The bathroom is very small, but I liked the rectangular shower better than the oval. Less shelves on the sink but it worked. The place was immaculate and our attendant had a great sense of timing when he came to clean. The Celebrity has an older population (40 plus) than the RC large ships (Allure) and very few kids, which was a plus. Not as many activities for them as the splashier ships. The layout of the ship is nice. The shops are all at one end, much classier than the other ships. No blocking the walk way with tables of sale items. Very relaxing cruise, we booked another for next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I chose this for the Bermuda cruise. Getting on the ship was easy. Luggage survived and was delivered on time. Upon first inspection everything seemed fine. We opened the mini bar and noticed that $110.00 worth of items missing and a half ... Read More
I chose this for the Bermuda cruise. Getting on the ship was easy. Luggage survived and was delivered on time. Upon first inspection everything seemed fine. We opened the mini bar and noticed that $110.00 worth of items missing and a half eaten piece of cake was in it. We contacted the cabin steward and he didn't seem to concerned. Placed a call to guest services and they sent two managers up. We asked for the mini bar to be emptied since we don't consume alcohol. They next morning the cabin steward confronted us about it stating he knew about the missing items. That was unnecessary! We purchased the premium non alcoholic Drink package. Getting more then one water that was cold was almost impossible. What smelled like raw sewage lingered around the ship during the 7 days. Keep a very close eye on charges. My husbands credit card had tips in it from the martini bar. We never went to the martini bar. All gratuities included with the package we purchased. We don't mind tipping. My husband has to use a mobility scooter and the entrance ways to a lot of the doors did not have little ramps. This caused the scooter to get stuck. We got concerned because the scooter starting making a loud clicking noise from the left rear wheel. Getting on and off the ship in Bermuda was a breeze. The food in the aft was buffet style and sub par. Select dining was okay except we had to sit 2 feet away from the couple next to us. We requested private dining. Didn't happen. On board entertainment was okay. The cruise director was very pleasant.The activities director was outstanding. They did a little update via the TV in the room everyday. Stateroom had plenty of space for our severe over packing. We booked a excursion prior to the trip. Checked the current info and charges on the TV and noticed that both of us had extra $54.00 dollars in credit. So we went to cruise services desk and asked why? They cancelled our excursion. Instead of putting the full amount back on my husband's credit card they split it down the middle. Upset about that . Proceeded back to the room and we had a voicemail stating it was cancelled. Kind of stung a bit since we already found out about it 45 minutes prior. This was our first cruise and a learning experience. It didn't help that a new building was being erected straight below our balcony in Bermuda. Do not rent the little electric orange cars next to clock tower mall. Disaster!!!!! Was not maintained or fully charged. Broke down. This happened to another couple late at night. One thing I need to add. Look at the phone in the state room before using it. Ours had something hard stuck all over the mouth piece. Nasty Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose to sail on Summit for the fifth time, because we love the ship and we also love that it's not HUGE, and it sails from Cape Liberty and that is a port we can drive to, rather than fly. We have had four wonderful cruises on ... Read More
We chose to sail on Summit for the fifth time, because we love the ship and we also love that it's not HUGE, and it sails from Cape Liberty and that is a port we can drive to, rather than fly. We have had four wonderful cruises on her in the past six years. Sometimes the drive from Philly to Bayonne has been a bit crazy due to road construction but this year it was as smooth as could be. We were early enough to secure a parking place in the parking garage, which was what I was hoping since we were leaving our fairly new car there for a week. However every time we have parked in cruise parking at Bayonne it has always been fine, whether in the garage or not. The only glitch with embarkation was that we were told by the stevedore when we dropped off our luggage, that we could not bring a case of bottled water onboard, even though we had a ship luggage tag on it. We have always done this in the past with no problem. He insisted it was a new rule, but that we could "carry on" the case of water. Well we weren't going to park and walk all the way to the terminal and then onboard carrying a case of water. I have a kidney condition which requires that I drink at least 64 oz of water/day, and while we did have the premium drink package, it's just been easier to have the bottled water in bulk available in our cabin. :( My husband put a few bottles in his carry on bag. Because we were booked in a suite we had almost no wait to check in, and before you knew it we were onboard, and given a glass of champagne. We were informed we could drop off our carry on bags at our suite and pick up our cabin keys there. We did this and headed to Luminae for lunch. The service in Luminae was excellent, as it has been on the prior two cruises. We were happy to see our waiter from last year there still too! The food was good but I was disappointed they didn't have the fried chicken and waffles we had the first day onboard last year. At dinner the first night we had excellent service as we did the entire cruise this time as well. The sommelier was very attentive and we never had to wait for anything. The food portions are sometimes a bit small, but for me they seemed very healthy and certainly filling. Desserts were extremely tasty (cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate mousse cake are ones that we shared). Our cabin, a Sky Suite, was roomy and well laid out. We stayed in the same cabin the prior two years and it was exciting to see the changes from the "revolution!" We found the decor to be brighter and lovely. The bed was a big improvement and it was extremely luxurious and comfortable, as were the pillows. What was lacking was the amount of shelving, both in the bathroom and next to the desk. Several shelves have been removed for purposes of decor I guess. The wall next to the desk had two magazine racks; not very useful. Where the shelves used to be in the bathroom beside the commode, there was just a big empty rectangular space. Pretty, but not efficient with regard to space. The bathroom was MUCH brighter. However the shower seemed even harder to get into than before. The step up into the tub is as high as ever (we always bring a portable step stool to help getting in and out of the shower/tub), but there is a glass immoveable partition next to the commode which makes it impossible to turn the shower on without getting doused in the process. The shower curtain clung to the bather because it was in between two immoveable glass partitions. I venture to think some passengers might have trouble squeezing between these two immoveable glass partitions to get into the tub/shower. Also the fixtures in the tub/shower were difficult to adjust, and at one point one of the temperature control handles came off in my hand when I was attempting to adjust the temperature in the shower. We chose this stateroom mostly because of its oversized balcony. I had spent months looking forward to sitting in a lounge chair reading a book on this wonderful balcony. Unfortunately and to our surprise, the previous comfortable lounge furniture has been replaced with two stiff wood and metal upright chairs, a table (which was fine) and a love seat, with a cushion that seemed to absorb water. There were two concrete foot stools that were virtually impossible to move due to their weight. The second or third day we appealed to our butler and he got a lounge chair for me to use on our balcony. He told us he was going to leave it there for future guests, as it seemed like a good idea! Whomever redecorated the balconies apparently thought stiff wooden chairs would be great for lounging on a lovely balcony, rather than lounging as most passengers would enjoy on vacation. Hubby arranged for a surprise for me on our anniversary, and flowers were waiting after dinner, as well as rose petals on the bed and two towel swans facing each other, making a heart. VERY romantic! He had assistance on this from Rhiannon, one of the concierges in the Retreat (she was so helpful every day!). We ate in one Specialty Restaurant, the Tuscan Grille. It was super easy booking a reservation for that meal the night before on the Celebrity App. I loved that this was so easy and we could see what times were available. Saved so much time and effort, rather than calling, etc. The service in the Tuscan Grille was excellent. The food was delicious and the portions were large. The chicken (parmesan) was a very tough piece of chicken, but the sauce and eggplant parmesan were delicious. Not sure the meal was worth $90, but it was a nice diversion from Luminae where hubby got tired of the menu there. We didn't attend many shows. We saw some of the comedian and he was very talented (magician and hypnotist) and very entertaining. Did not attend any of the regular shows with the ship entertainment singers/dancers. The port shopping talk was very informative and lots of great prizes were given out there (there was a raffle). Also VIP shopping coupons could be picked up later for shopping in the port of Bermuda. We shopped at Kings Wharf and picked up some souvenirs. The Clocktower mall has a little bit of everything and is always fun, and not too large. I always get a piece of jewelry at the Crisson store there, and I bought some Bermudian perfume as well. Two days in port we ate lunch at the Frog and Onion restaurant, which is newly air-conditioned. The food and service was superb. On the third day in Bermuda we took the shore excursion to Horseshoe Bay. The service to and from was very efficient (air conditioned bus). Even though we have been to Horseshoe Bay several times, it never disappoints. I was glad we chose to go to HB on the last day in port because it was less crowded than usual, even though the Norwegian Escape was in port when we were. Such a beautiful beach. Clean; the water is stunning; the sand is cool and pink. There are changing rooms, restrooms, a burger restaurant and bar. You cannot go wrong at this beach for amenities. We rented two loungers and an umbrella and it was lovely. On the last day at sea we were invited to a special luncheon with the Captain and a few of his senior officers. Only a handful of couples were invited, and I'm not sure how we rated the invitation, lol. It was just amazing, intimate, and this captain and his crew are truly amazing dedicated people. Debarkation was seamless. Hubby got brought some breakfast to me from the Oceanview Cafe, and then we headed to the Retreat to wait to be called to disembark. Oh I forgot to mention, the Retreat has also been revolutionized, and it's lovely and has great service. Hubby missed the leather chairs and paneling, but I thought it looked peaceful and airy. Our only problems on this trip were getting the items we had pre-ordered (and paid for ahead of time) to be in our cabin when we set sail. NONE of the items we ordered (wine, rum, flowers) were delivered on sailing day, and when we inquired, nobody seemed to know anything about them. We had to complain numerous times but finally got the rum and the wine on the second and third days. After debarkation, we collected our car and luggage and were on our way home by mid-morning. A great trip. :) Another wonderful cruise for the memory books. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My new bride and I decided to take this cruise for our honeymoon. Check in and parking at the Bayonne terminal was SUPER easy! 30 minutes from leaving our car to in our room! We paid for a concierge balcony room, room 8108. We were ... Read More
My new bride and I decided to take this cruise for our honeymoon. Check in and parking at the Bayonne terminal was SUPER easy! 30 minutes from leaving our car to in our room! We paid for a concierge balcony room, room 8108. We were VERY disappointing to see that our balcony was basically cut in half on a diagonal making it very small and very hard to have both of us on the balcony. We were also not very happy to see that celebrity did absolutely nothing to acknowledge that it was our honeymoon. Basically if you are going on your honeymoon, pick Royal Caribbean and not Celebrity. Other than that this cruise was SUPER relaxing! What made it different that Royal is there are not as many activities during sea days which leaves plenty of time for napping and chilling! The food was PHENOMENAL! Everything was cooked to par and met all of my expectations. We had Inocente and Suvingar as our wait staff the first night and had others other nights who were not even friendly, but we ended up requesting them for the remainder of the cruise. For my birthday we went to the Tuscan Grill in which we were treated like royalty! They served us TOO much delicious food that we couldn't even eat the birthday cake they gave us but they did room service it to the room for free! The late night pizza and cookies at the Oceanview cafe were the perfect midnight snacks! The ship itself is very beautiful and very clean! It is a smaller ship and it does get tight on deck 4 since the dining room, casino, and theater are all on the same floor and gets crowded to get from place to place. Elevators are hard to catch as well since they do one job at a time as opposed to stop floor by floor and are also usually packed. They also decide to clean the elevators when it is time for all the passengers to disembark at the ports so imagine thousands of people trying to use only two elevators.... The pools were very small and could only hold 20 people at a time. The solarium pool was closed often as well. Forget about finding a chair, it is NOT going to happen unless you wake up at 6AM to reserve a spot. They put signs out to not do that but people do it anyways. I recommend enjoying the solarium beach chairs and beach "pods" in the evening. It was very quiet, comfortable, and had nice relaxing spa music to relax you after a long day! I wish I had these chairs at home! Dan the cruise director is certainly a character and his sidekick Nacho was a joy to have on the ship! The evening entertainment was AWESOME!!! In the end, Bermuda was stunning and enjoyed our vacation! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We sailed on the Summit (about a year ago), the appearance/maintenance of the ship wasn't that good, but the crew and food preparation was excellent. Now after millions of dollars of upgrades, the ship almost looks like the Edge. We ... Read More
We sailed on the Summit (about a year ago), the appearance/maintenance of the ship wasn't that good, but the crew and food preparation was excellent. Now after millions of dollars of upgrades, the ship almost looks like the Edge. We paid extra for Aqua Class, because we wanted fine dining, any time dining, and no waiting (like you have to do with Select Dining). Celebrity added additional rooms to Aqua, which has caused, some of the problems. Instead of what we expected, here's what we experienced: 1. Log wait times for a table, twice over an hour. They don't make you wait in line, like Select Dining, they give you a pager and send you to the Cellar Master Bar. Once they ran out of pagers. Having a pager doesn't make waiting any more fun!!!!!!!!!!! 2. Extremely slow service, from ordering your meal, to having the different courses arrive. Dinner took from 90 minutes to 2 hours, Breakfast was a little better, but not by much. When we ordered our meal, we started telling, just bring it out all together. That didn't help!! Don't forget, sometimes you had to wait, up to an hour to get inside!!!! 3. "Cold food" I believe "Hot Food" should be served hot!! 4 of my meals had to be returned, because of this. This occurred at Breakfast and dinner. 4. "Food Quality/Selection" Some times what they served wasn't what it was suppose to be, or the quality was so poor, it didn't taste right (i.e. Beef Wellington). 5 times (out of an 11 night cruise) I ordered off the Cosmopolitan Menu. 5. Improperly trained personnel (Maitre D), has to be the worst Maitre D we've ever had (38 Celebrity cruises). Here's some of the things he did: a) Charging Elite Plus members for their cappuccinos, there free for us! b) Refusing to put two tables together, so the 4 of us could sit together. c) Refusing to take special request orders. Celebrity has always has always allowed this, as long as they were given, a 24 hour notice. Room service wasn't any better!! For breakfast, I ordered two over medium eggs. What I got was two sunny side-up and they were raw in the center and cold (as well as the rest of the food). Tuscan Grill, because the Blu Restaurant had such slow service, I decided to go to the Elite Breakfast to get my hot chocolate. I placed my order and had to wait about 20 minutes, for a cup of hot chocolate. I could see into the kitchen from where I was sitting, so every time the door opened I could see inside. The waitress was standing with her arms crossed, leaning back against the counter. After about 15 minutes, I approached the Captain's Club hostess, she stated "she's getting it." I waited another 5 minutes, the waitress hasn't moved!!! I looked at the Captain's Club hostess, who this time went in and talked to the waitress. I saw the waitress finally turn around and start making my hot chocolate. All of these experiences are not what we've experienced from Celebrity in the past, or we wouldn't have sailed 38 times. If this is the new Celebrity experience, your not going to see another 38 cruises out of us!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I choose this ship because of the Itinerary. 3 days in Bermuda. The ship has been completely refurbished and not too big and easy to get around. And there were not many children. Food was fabulous. Tried all restaurants and my ... Read More
I choose this ship because of the Itinerary. 3 days in Bermuda. The ship has been completely refurbished and not too big and easy to get around. And there were not many children. Food was fabulous. Tried all restaurants and my favorite is the Tuscan. I would highly recommend this for couples, singles and groups. I would not recommend this cruise for children. There is a children's club but not much else to do for them. Being in a suite level was really nice. You have your own suite restaurant, Retreat Lounge and Retreat Deck. We used these areas a lot. Service was great and staff were mostly very friendly. Our favorites are: Alexandra in the Retreat Lounge. Also David and Boom Boom in the Martini Bar. Rhiannon our Retreat Concierge. Carlos, our Butler. Silas, the bartender in the Retreat Lounge. It was a pleasant experience and I would highly recommend this ship for Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was my 2nd cruise on the Summit (first was December 2018 pre-revolution) and we were excited to see all the changes. Embarkation was quick and easy. I’ve been on over 50 cruises and in addition to the quickest embarkation of ... Read More
This was my 2nd cruise on the Summit (first was December 2018 pre-revolution) and we were excited to see all the changes. Embarkation was quick and easy. I’ve been on over 50 cruises and in addition to the quickest embarkation of all, this was my favorite cruise! We arrived at the port at 1 pm and we were having our first cocktails by 110 at the Sunset bar. We appreciated the opportunity to drop our carryon luggage at our beautiful cabin immediately upon boarding We had an Oceanview cabin on deck 2 and it was really nice. Last time I was on the Summit I had a Aqua Spa stateroom and we really didn’t care for Blu and found the Spa to be to small and busy. Post revolution it is now even smaller so I just stayed away. The food on the ship was overall very good. We ate in the Cosmopolitan most nights and the Oceanview Cafe twice. While the new Oceanview Cafe is bright, beautiful and sparkling...the food was good but they need to be more creative. It was way too repetitious. What happened to different themes every night in the buffet? For the most part it looked the same daily but again, it tasted good but just got boring real fast. Sorry Oswald F and B Mgr. Spice it up a little Cosmopolitan had very good food and excellent service from Vicky the Sommelier and our wait staff. Colin the beverage server in Cosmopolitan was a rock star. All service was amazing including Oceanview Cafe. Bar service poolside was great. By Zejda and all the waiters was awesome! Entertainment was really good. John the comedian was really funny, game shows were fun and silent disco was a hoot as always. We were lucky to see Uptown again on this ship..they are super talented young men and their show was the best of the whole Cruise. We were disappointed that Patrick the Cruise Director was moved to Equinox on the day our ship sailed. He is such a great guy. Dan the CD from the Equinox was the CD for our sailing. His staff was terrific! Bennie and Manuel were truly outstanding. Manuel was promoted to CD on the Millennium so he left during our cruise. There seems to be a lot of shuffling around on Celebrity these days. Capt Charis was delightful! We were thrilled to be invited to have dinner with him and his lovely wife Elina. It was a wonderful evening that we will remember forever! Anishika Boodhun was Captains Club Hostess and she was such a pleasure to meet. Our Cabin Steward, Shannel did a great job keeping our cabin spotless daily plus she was so friendly and welcoming. Overall the cruise was fantastic! The ports were all great. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our second cruise on Celebrity and our first on the Summit. Our first was on the Equinox. New beds were so comfortable and the pillows were wonderful! We were in aqua cabin 1140. Beautiful big balcony at the back of the ship. ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Celebrity and our first on the Summit. Our first was on the Equinox. New beds were so comfortable and the pillows were wonderful! We were in aqua cabin 1140. Beautiful big balcony at the back of the ship. Only three small issues overall. One was that it was tight walking around the foot of the bed with the tv on the wall. Second was the new shower door made it difficult to get in and out of the shower stall. A rather odd design but better than a shower curtain sticking to your legs as you showered. The room was otherwise perfect! Quiet and comfortable with lots of storage space. The only other issue was not with the cabin or the ship but with the bar service. We upgraded to premium drink packages but several times the bars did not have the premium alcohol that was in our package. One time when I specifically asked for a tequila that I could see they had my drink was mixed with a lesser one. Bars were not properly staffed and waits were long. Don’t get me wrong, we are not heavy drinkers but the poor bar service seemed like they were taking advantage of those with the drink packages. The Summit staff was outstanding and our room steward, Ian, was the best we have had in all of our 12 cruises! I love Celebrity and the Summit! This ship overall was absolutely gorgeous. We enjoyed our meals in Blu but also visited the buffet for breakfast and afternoon snacks. The production shows were not our favorite but the performers were very good. There was nothing to complain about and the shows were all different. The music at the Sunset Bar was also enjoyable. We could hear it from our aft balcony and enjoyed it each night. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Upon finding my cabin, Pam our room steward literally ran to introduce herself and open our door and informed us that we missed the safety drill but there was another opportunity to catch the safety instructions given to each passenger. ... Read More
Upon finding my cabin, Pam our room steward literally ran to introduce herself and open our door and informed us that we missed the safety drill but there was another opportunity to catch the safety instructions given to each passenger. Once we got settled and went to dinner, we asked our Maitre D to move our time from an early seating to a late seating. He told us (there were two rooms in our group) that he would have our new table & seating time available on the following night and it was as he said. Once we got back into the hallway to retire for the evening, Pam appeared again, eager to open our door. Our Servers, Ritesh and Wilson were the Absolute Best!!!!!!!!! If there was a higher score that I could give to them, they would get the highes score possible. Mladen did everything possible to make my cruise memorable. I had a hiccup with an onboard credit issue with my cruise agent, who booked the cruise for me. He told me he would allow me to call them at Celebrity’s expense. Long story short, he sent a small cake and a bottle of wine to my room... which made everything alright. I had a great cruise thanks to the staff. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We saw this affordable cruise as an option to try out suites on Celebrity. The suite class experience, particularly Luminae, was incredible. We still aren't sure what a Butler is for, but he was great, the suite concierge was a real ... Read More
We saw this affordable cruise as an option to try out suites on Celebrity. The suite class experience, particularly Luminae, was incredible. We still aren't sure what a Butler is for, but he was great, the suite concierge was a real value, and the waitstaff we can't appreciate enough. The ship was also wonderful and had none of the issues we were expecting for a ship about to be dry-docked. The process in San Juan was incredibly easy, much much simpler than Miami on and off, and the size of the ship was perfect. We enjoyed the common areas, the various bars. It had less than Solstice class ships, but was enough considering. The made for ship entertainment continues to not be our cup of tea - very eager kids trying their best - but the folks the cruise director brought on were great additions and got us to the theater - which with its tables and bench seating was very nice. There were 5 ports - we took advantage of some excursions but had to carve out another 'sea day' when in one of the ports. All of them (St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Kitts) are super simple though, easy to walk off and be in the middle of town or a market. The effort made to make LGBT travelers comfortable on Celebrity continues to be very good, there was even a lunch this time around, and that was nice too. We're a married couple in our early 30s and supposedly who the new upgrades are targeting, but here's to hoping they don't mess too much with Summit in the refresh! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We were already familiar with the Summit and its slightly more intimate ambiance. This was a second time in the Penthouse Suite this year, and did we get spoiled! First of all, remember that when you go Royal or Penthouse pretty much ... Read More
We were already familiar with the Summit and its slightly more intimate ambiance. This was a second time in the Penthouse Suite this year, and did we get spoiled! First of all, remember that when you go Royal or Penthouse pretty much everything is included, so there is no up-selling. Specialty dining - included. Internet - included. Upscale drinks package - Included. Gratuities - included, though we did give a little extra to people who we knew went the extra mile. Some of the highlights are the Luminae restaurant for suites only, Micheal's Lounge for suites only (acts really as the concierge service), Butler service, and the crew basically bending backwards for any wishes or requests you may have. For example: We brought Christmas music CDs (the more irreverent ones, like Benny Grunch from New Orleans, or Grandma Got Run Over Like A Raindeer), but the suite is post-CD. At our request, Pavel, the concierge, dug up a CD player and had it installed into the audio system (he got an extra tip!). The other thing I really liked is the lower staff turnover on Celebrity - the concierge at Luminea, as well as one of the waiters, remembered us from the last time in May. One of the reasons we took this cruise is because it visited the islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts. I know all three intimately well, I work on these islands. So I used the cruise to introduce my wife, who has only seen St. Lucia, to the other two. I had my own visit agenda for both Antigua and St. Kitts, and it worked out very well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our third cruise, second time on Celebrity, and first time on the Summit. We were on a port intensive cruise (San Juan to St. Croix, St. Maarten, Dominica, Grenada, Barbados) with only 1 true sea day, so we spent a lot of time off ... Read More
This was our third cruise, second time on Celebrity, and first time on the Summit. We were on a port intensive cruise (San Juan to St. Croix, St. Maarten, Dominica, Grenada, Barbados) with only 1 true sea day, so we spent a lot of time off ship. Overall, the cruise was good and we enjoyed each of the ports. On the ship, food was just "ok" and entertainment was lacking. More details below. Embarkation: Painless. From the moment we stepped out of our taxi at the Pan American Pier to the moment we were in our stateroom, only 15 minutes had elapsed. And we have no special "perks" or "status." Just luck I guess. Our room was ready when we got on board. Service: Great service from Ryan, our cabin steward. He works like a magician, that guy! Also enjoyed our wait staff in the MDR from Tammy and Kelvin. Took time to explain menus and suggest items. Had to make 3 trips to Guest Relations because we kept de-magnetizing our seapasses. Service was quick and friendly. They also happily exchanged some larger bills for smaller bills for us. Food: This is highly subjective, so take it with a grain of salt. I wouldn't say I would rave about the food here (last year on Celebrity Equinox we had a 3-night specialty dining package--so it's unfair to compare). This year, we ate all dinners in the MDR. I had two things I would rank as "excellent" -- the braised beef ragout with gnocchi as a starter (I could have eaten plates and plates of it as a main) and the slow braised lamb wrapped in phyllo. There were a couple misses: the seafood in the Mediterranean seafood orzo was chewy (a la rubber bands) as was the sirloin steak. I also had the teeniest tiniest chocolate lava cake I've ever had. Breakfast was good in OVC, but lunch found me circling a couple times to pick something out and I'm not picky. Pizza in OVC could be good...or not. Sometimes nice and crispy, other times greasy and limp. But I didn't have to cook for a whole week!  Facilities: This was the smallest ship we've been on and found it naturally easy to navigate. It did not feel crowded at all! Easily found open tables in the OVC. It was easy to get on and off in each port. There was some evidence of the need for the dry docking. Carpet frayed here and there. You could tell our balcony probably needed scraped of the many coats of paint and be redone. There generally wasn't a problem getting a chair in the pool area if you wanted some sun...or even some shade too. Because this itinerary was so port intensive, we didn't have time to enjoy as my areas as we have done on previous cruises. Onboard Activities: Again, since this cruise was so port intensive we were not expecting a lot. And in return, Celebrity did not provide a lot. The singers and dancers are always good, but we the plot-less shows can get kind of repetitive. Neither of the comedians were funny to us, but we like edgier humor and that doesn't really match us with Celebrity's demographic. The magician/comedian (how about pick one!) was awful. On the plus side: We really enjoyed the live music. Since the cruise left from San Juan, there was more Latin music...another plus for me. Disembarkation: Super simple. Walked off when our group number was called. Luggage was already waiting. Line moved fairly quick for Customs and Immigration and then again to get a taxi. Ports… St. Croix: Sundays in St. Croix are SLEEPY. So be advised to plan an excursion as a lot of shops are closed. We enjoyed our island tour though. St. Maarten: We did a beach day here. No complaints. Kim Sha Beach at Simpson Bay is a nice area. Very relaxing! Dominica: Beautiful green and verdant island. Really loved our rainforest/waterfall excursion. Some of the scenery reminded me of Hawaii. Grenada: Similar to Dominica in being green and pretty. Loved our river tubing adventure. Would not hesitate to do that again. Barbados: We did another beach day here. Harbour Lights at Carlisle Bay has a fantastic stretch of sand with crystal clear water. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We absolutely loved every aspect of our cruise except for the live music acts ! They were very poor Sail always were not upbeat funky or fun due to the musicians. But aside from that we loved every minute of our cruise & feel we were ... Read More
We absolutely loved every aspect of our cruise except for the live music acts ! They were very poor Sail always were not upbeat funky or fun due to the musicians. But aside from that we loved every minute of our cruise & feel we were very well catered for on every aspect. The ship is spotlessly clean. Bedrooms are super comfy with great amenities! The food everywhere was amazing as was bar service. We loved our serves in main dining room august & Dave they made our cruise extra special. All staff were lovely. Disco was great craic ! We will definitely book again loved the islands especially Barbados! Thanks for the memories it was great value for us coming from Ireland. I think my only 2 gripes would be uninteresting bands n singers & on embarking staff pushing you to upgrade on everything let us just enjoy what is available Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call and the availability of a Sky suite and the amenities. Our package included: gratuities, premium drink package, WiFi and $350 on board credit. My husband and I were celebrating our ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call and the availability of a Sky suite and the amenities. Our package included: gratuities, premium drink package, WiFi and $350 on board credit. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and my birthday. The service and food were excellent, crew and suite staff were friendly and very attentive. We really liked the Luminae restaurant as we didn't have to make a reservation or any wait. The staff there were very attentive and we met new "friends" every night. The ship is scheduled for refurnishing in early 2019 we found it very clean but in need of an upgrade. In every port except one we had an excursion. Even though we didn't see one whale or dolphin on our Dominica excursion we had a good time. We had one of the best cruise experiences in many years. Looking forward to this type of accommodation in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We just did a 7 night southern Caribbean out of San Juan on the Summit. (Ports were San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Kitt’s, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados) Overall, we had a fantastic time. We enjoyed ourselves enough to book another cruise ... Read More
We just did a 7 night southern Caribbean out of San Juan on the Summit. (Ports were San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Kitt’s, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados) Overall, we had a fantastic time. We enjoyed ourselves enough to book another cruise on the Summit for Fall 2019 going to the ABC islands. The Summit is an older ship, and is actually being completely refurbished this winter. The decor is slightly dated, and some of the facilities were obviously older - like the speakers in our stateroom didn’t work at all and the bathroom was dated and just had a flimsy shower curtain that made it hard not to get water all over the floor. One of the best things about the ship was the food! Breakfast at the Oceanview Buffet offered tons of variety. While the overall menu didn’t change, there were so many things to choose from that I never got bored. There was traditional American and English breakfast, carving stations, omelette stations, eggs Benedict station, hot cereal, cold cereal, waffles, pancakes and French toast with a variety of toppings... it seemed endless. When we couldn’t make it to the buffet, we ordered breakfast to the room and it was really nice as well, though not as much variety. Lunch was different every single day, but there were standards like the cheese and charcuterie every day. There was ice cream every day, pizza every day, pasta every day. We had dinner in the Cosmopolitan restaurant four nights, and tried all three specialty restaurants. We found no fault with the food at any of the dinner venues, but found service at the Cosmopolitan to be a bit hectic and disorganized. Service at all three specialty restaurants was nothing short of flawless. The pool area could get crowded in the afternoon and I did feel the pools were pretty small. A lot of times the pool chairs were taken up and there were not enough towels. Entertainment on the ship was very nice overall. I didn’t care for the house party band and the DJ would make some odd selections, but the nightly shows were all very good and there was a nice variety of comedy, music and dancing. The theme parties were a lot of fun - like the Latin night, the 80’s night, etc. I think they could carry the themes even further. The cruise director and his staff were great at their jobs and made a point to learn names and engage with guests. The biggest service issue was with the bar service. At the pool and mast bars they were simply overwhelmed every day and couldn’t offer the Celebrity level of service no matter how hard they tried. The same would happen at Reflections at night. In Rendezvous, the servers actually had terrible attitudes though. They would ignore us when we were the only people at the bar and even when we spoke to them. They would grab our seapass cards from our hands and roll their eyes. After a few tries, we simply avoided it for the rest of the trip and also missed out on some of the fun events we would have otherwise liked to attend. I would be remiss not to call out the excellent staff at Cafe Al Bacio. They were ALWAYS smiling even when they were slammed and ALWAYS pleasant. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We originally chose this cruise for two reasons. The first was the itinerary, seven days on the move with only one day at sea. The second was more sentimental. The Summit was the first ship my wife and I cruised on, and set the bar high ... Read More
We originally chose this cruise for two reasons. The first was the itinerary, seven days on the move with only one day at sea. The second was more sentimental. The Summit was the first ship my wife and I cruised on, and set the bar high in so many ways, and this cruise did nothing to dispel those notions. Foremost was the excellent service on the crew's part, one delicious meal after another. Stewards and others going out of their way to make sure you were enjoying every minute, or just relaxing on deck reading and watching the world go by. The shows were all excellent, and when it came to our ports of call, like I said earlier, the itinerary left nothing to be desired. It's an older ship with a few wrinkles showing, but it doesn't thrill you with baubles. It is all in the attitude and performance of the crew. Glad we made another round with you Summit. See you again soon! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This cruise offered a chance to see parts of New England and my home country of Canada my wife and I wanted to see. The transportation from the airport to the port was less than we would have liked. The van was not maintained very well, ... Read More
This cruise offered a chance to see parts of New England and my home country of Canada my wife and I wanted to see. The transportation from the airport to the port was less than we would have liked. The van was not maintained very well, broken seatbelts, and the side door would not close properly. At the pier embarkation was very easy and quick. The ship was a little tired but that will all be taken care of with the refit coming next year. Our cabin was fine as it was mostly used for sleeping. This was our first time trying anytime dinning and the first night was very rushed. Our appetizers arrived before our sommelier had come to the table. The following nights we were in a different section and service was great so we asked for the same waiter, Frederick, for the rest of our dinners in the main dining room. The speciality restaurants were awesome. The Tuscan Grille, Sushi On Five, and Quisine did not disappoint. As a chef myself I really enjoyed the cooking demonstrations by the executive chef and the progressive golf with Gigi was a blast. We went to the shows almost every night in the main theatre. The Celebrity cast of singers and dancers was good and the orchestra was great. The entertainment that was brought on board was excellent. The service was always great. We especially loved the Martini Bar where we were known by name and greeted each day by Imade. We booked a shore excursion in each port and found the tour guides to be excellent and very engaging. There was lots to see in each port but we especially enjoyed Quebec City, Charlottetown, Halifax, and Boston. Bar Harbour was missed due to weather. We booked a tour of Manhattan before our flight home. It is an amazing city to see but the tour felt very rushed. Several times it was mentioned that people had to get back earlier than the four hours allotted. However it was over heard in a conversation between the driver and the tour guide that the driver had a football game to work in the afternoon and was in a rush. Overall the cruise was excellent. This was our fifth time cruising with Celebrity and second time on the Summit. We were however disappointed with the changes too the Captains club since we last cruised. Our previous cruises of 10 days or less were each worth 30 club points however because of the category we booked this 14 day cruise was only worth 28 points. This left us 2 points shy of the next upgrade level. In the end we enjoyed the cruise very much. We met some great people and the fall colours were spectacular. We would recommend this itinerary and ship to cruisers who enjoy history and great service. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Autumn Leaves and Lobsters in Maine and the Maritimes Our two week cruise On Celebrity Summit to New England and Canada was very much akin to a curates’ egg. Many good aspects and experiences with the occasional not so good ones, ... Read More
Autumn Leaves and Lobsters in Maine and the Maritimes Our two week cruise On Celebrity Summit to New England and Canada was very much akin to a curates’ egg. Many good aspects and experiences with the occasional not so good ones, but unlike our previous Celebrity cruise earlier this year to SE Asia which was sub-par in virtually every respect, the good stuff significantly outweighed the bad. For instance: The ship: Ageing and showing serious signs of wear and tear everywhere with tawdry, outdated furnishings and fittings, the Summit is in desperate need of the total makeover it is due to undergo early in 2019. BUT, despite her age the ship was always clean and well maintained. Entertainment: Although the singers and dancers were talented and energetic, the main shows were disjointed and not of the standard we have come to expect from the cruise line. BUT overall, the entertainment on offer was generally better than the typical cruise ship offerings with a couple of excellent stage acts including an hilarious stand-up comedian, a great magician and some better than average musical performers. The bands, duos and solo artists that performed regularly at various venues and varying times around the ship were also much of a mixed bag. Some were really good and one could usually find some good music to listen to while quaffing a pre-dinner glass of wine or a cocktail in one of the lounges. Patrick (Cruise Director) and his able assistant Charlotte were also excellent and not over the top as we have sometimes found with Cruise Directors on previous cruises. Food: The fare in the buffet restaurant was generally bland pretty much the same day in and day out although each day did have a small segment dedicated to a particular theme such as an Italian day, or a Mexican feast and so on. BUT, we thought the main Cosmopolitan restaurant where we dined most frequently was good - more than adequate variety, tasty and always attractively presented. We also sampled two of the speciality restaurants, Sushi on 5 and QSine. Both were good especially QSine which offers such a fun dining experience with good, quirky food and attentive service. Service: The one area where the RCCI group consistently gets it right is in the standard of service one generally receives from staff and employees at all levels which is a tribute to the high quality selection and training programmes they clearly employ. Service on this cruise was no exception with special shout-outs to our main dining room team of Jewis (head waiter), Walter (assistant waiter) and Randi (sommelier)who collectively contributed to making our dining experience in the main restaurant that much more enjoyable. Carlos our stateroom attendant also attended to our needs efficiently and unobtrusively throughout the two week cruise. But this cruise was all about the itinerary. A cruise to New England and Canada, particularly in the Fall, has long been on our bucket list and, with only a very few minor exceptions, the experience did not disappoint. We started the trip with a couple of days in New Jersey to enable us to recover fully after our long 16 hour flight from South Africa. We had never stayed in Jersey City before having always opted to hotel it in Manhattan on our previous visits to North America. We are glad we did. Much cheaper and nowhere near as busy and buzzy as the Big Apple it offers splendid views of the New York skyline from virtually all vantage points. We secured a self-catering studio apartment at Candlewood Suites, an efficient, well run block of self-catering suites less than a kilometre from a PATH station and a well -stocked supermarket. It was more than adequate for our needs with a microwave oven, hotplate and full sized refrigerator and sufficient cooking utensils and crockery/cutlery for two persons. Highly recommended for anyone requiring comfortable, safe and clean accommodation for a short stay at an affordable cost. While in Jersey City we did the usual touristy things, taking in visits to Liberty Park, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and to cosmopolitan Hoboken that included an obligatory stop at Carlo’s Bakery! The PATH station was only one stop from World Trade Centre and we of course, took the opportunity to visit the awesome, understated and respectful 9/11 monument site - an humbling and moving experience. We also wandered our way through much of Lower/Mid Manhattan exploring Soho, Greenwich Village, Chinatown and the Little Italy areas. Our visit coincided with the annual feast of San Gennaro festival in Little Italy which was an experience in its own right! An overcrowded, boisterous, happy atmosphere with every type of Italian fare one could wish for on offer in abundance. Great fun. Then, on to the cruise. As mentioned, a trip to Canada and New England in the autumn months had long been a “must do” one. We were, of course, hoping to see the Fall colours but regrettably, the cruise was perhaps just a bit too early in the season. However, traversing many of the main ports of call in Maine, Canada and the Maritime Provinces fortunately enabled us to see glimpses of the beauty of the turning leaves, giving us a taste of just how majestic the area must be when the colours are in full bloom. The itinerary included visits to: Boston: We took a ship’s tour of Boston by Trolley Bus. The trolley picked us up at the pier and gave passengers a good overview of the main sights of this beautiful city. Unfortunately, the weather was not kind (actually the only really wet day during the entire trip), which sadly prevented us from walking the famous Freedom Trail as planned. The tour included time at the Quincy Market area before dropping us off back at the ship. Incidentally, as the ship docks quite a distance from the downtown area, doing the trolley bus tour which takes one to and from the ship directly is really a good deal - not that much more than the $18 per person shuttle service the ship offered that merely took passengers to the harbor entrance, still some distance from the main attractions of the city. Portland, Maine: As we docked right at the entrance to the harbor, our plans were to do our own thing in Portland as we could easily walk into town. We however, ended up taking a similar trolley bus tour of the town operated by an independent tour operator that included a visit to one of the famous lighthouses of the area at less than half the price of a similar ship excursion. Well worth the $28 per person for a 2.5 hour tour. After the tour we enjoyed the obligatory lobster roll at a wharf side eatery. Delicious! We still had plenty of time to walk around the town before returning to the ship. Bar Harbor, Maine: Probably the highlight of our whole vacation. We tendered in Bar Harbor harbour. Seas were quite rough initially so it was quite hairy but lots of fun. We had pre-booked an all-day ship’s tour that took us up Cadillac Mountain and a drive through the beautiful Acacia National Park (apparently rated in the top two or three such parks in the USA). Leaves were starting to turn and we were treated to numerous resplendent vistas of oranges, reds, and purples at every turn. A drive through the leafy wealthy suburbs of the area (holiday homes to the Fords and Rockerfellers!), was followed by a mouthwatering lobster lunch at the Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes restaurant. A real feast comprising a starter of fresh mussels, a full lobster lunch of huge freshly baked lobster, buttered corn on the cob, coleslaw, baked potato and freshly baked bread followed, if one still had an appetite, by freshly baked blueberry cake. Such a delicacy for people such as us who come from a country where our version of lobster (crayfish) are typically less than half the size of the ones that seem to be in abundance on the north eastern seaboard of USA and Canada. After lunch we had a scenic drive along the coast stopping at Thunder Hole a famous attraction in the area. Quebec City: The first afternoon after docking in this quite extraordinary city, was spent touring the old city on our own. This included a circumnavigation of the famous Citadel and a walk along the boardwalk on the banks of the St Lawrence river. On day 2 in Quebec, we opted for a full day ship’s tour that included much of what we had done ourselves the previous day (but this time with a knowledgeable, proudly Quebecer guide), followed by a trip into the countryside of Quebec where we had visits to the Montgomery Falls – relatively small in width but about 100 feet higher than Niagara falls, and to the awesome Shrine and Cathedral of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre. We then had lunch at a traditional French restaurant (pretty basic fare but in a delightful setting). The tour was then scheduled to return to tour the Citadel and battlefields outside the walled city and was also scheduled to take in a visit to the famous Chateau Frontenac hotel. However, these plans had to condensed into a quick drive through the scheduled areas as the tour bus was delayed for almost two hours when a fault was detected in a bridge we had to cross to get back into the city area and had to be checked for safety and passed by civil engineers before we were allowed to cross it. Corner Brook, Newfoundland: Probably the least impressive of the ports visited. We decided not to do a ship’s tour (we probably should have because there was very little to do in the small, nondescript town). There did not seem to be any local tour operators offering tours of the local area so we just ended up walking around the town and a nice little park that seems to be the main attraction of Corner Brook. To their credit the town tried to roll out the red carpet for Summit passengers offering a free, continuous shuttle service from the port to the town centre. Signs welcoming Celebrity Summit were on display throughout the town and some establishments even offered free refreshments to Summit passengers! It will however, be surprising if this destination is retained by the cruise line on its future Canadian itineraries. There must be much better places to visit in the Newfoundland province. Sydney, Nova Scotia: We had visited Sydney before so knew what to expect and decided to effectively “take a day off” and relax. In retrospect we perhaps should have opted for a ship’s tour, probably one of the famed Cabot Trail that we had had to cancel on our previous visit due to bad weather. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Our final port of call. We had pre-booked an all-day “All Things Canadian” tour“. This was somewhat disappointing and certainly, apart from the visit to the glorious Peggy’s Cove, did not live up to its publicized hype. The tour comprised a long, relatively uneventful 1.5 drive (both there and back!) through relatively bland countryside to Lunenburg, a picturesque harbour front village and home to the famous “Bluenose” racing schooner – Canada’s most famous racing ship. We were fortunate that a replica of the original Bluenose was docked in the Lunenburg yacht harbor on the day of our visit. A visit to a maple products facility was also scheduled where we were promised we would be able to sample a range of maple syrup products and delicacies, but this turned out to be nothing more than a rushed twenty minute shopping stop at a shop! Because of the long time spent driving to and from Lunenburg, the tour itself was pretty hectic and left us absolutely no time to explore the attractions of downtown Halifax where we were hoping , at least, to include a visit to their famed farmers market. There were many other ship’s tours that include Peggy’s Cove in the itinerary. Tourists, in our view, would be well advised to choose one of these shorter tours to Peggy’s Cove and leave some time to visit the other attractions in the city of Halifax itself. Cape Liberty, NJ: After disembarkation we took a cruise ship’s excursion that gave us a three hour tour of most of the major sites of Lower/Mid Manhattan before dropping us off at JFK airport where we had an overnight stay at the Fairfield Inn airport hotel before our flight back home the following morning. The tour guide was a born and bred Manhattanite, able to offer many fascinating insights into life in the Big Apple, so, even though we had often toured Manhattan on our own, it was nonetheless an interesting experience. While on the surface the transfer to the airport seemed expensive, the tour proved to be well worth it, effectively not really costing much more than any other private transfer from the Cape liberty port to JFK. In summary, our New England and Canada experience lived up to our expectations. It is a beautiful part of our wondrous planet and one that we are now so very privileged to be able to tick off our bucket list. The below par standards we encountered on our last Celebrity cruise to SE Asia and China in the early part of 2018 left us with the distinct impression that the quality and marketability of the Celebrity product was dramatically slipping downwards. Because of our concerns about the cruise line’s perceived declining standards we had seriously considered cancelling this tour. We however, decided to persevere with the cruise line one last time and are glad we did because, notwithstanding the massive remodeling and refurbishment the ship so urgently needs, we are happy to conclude that our overall experience on Celebrity Summit has, to a large extent, restored our faith and confidence in the Celebrity brand. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I live not so far from Bayonne's port, and I spend a good portion of my Sundays watching the Summit come in and out. I've had the pleasure of cruising with her twice (my third in July of 2019) and i have seen her pre-, ... Read More
I live not so far from Bayonne's port, and I spend a good portion of my Sundays watching the Summit come in and out. I've had the pleasure of cruising with her twice (my third in July of 2019) and i have seen her pre-, post-solstice upgrades and now (excitingly) will see her revolutionized. In all of this i must say for her age, she looks good. First and foremost you will be welcomed in Bayonne by some brilliant people, from the luggage people to the security staff at the pre-boarding area everyone has a friendly smile and no, they dont look like they hate their job. Check-in is so smooth, and believe it or not, we made it the most difficult one possible. We didnt have our E-docs, NO PROBLEM! No passport? NO PROBLEM! the staff was patient and so so helpful even without these documents (although i suggest everyone use edocs and passports it IS easier). Right from there (which we waited all of 5 minutes for security then we were on our way) right onto the ship, and since the first time we went on was a difference. in 2014 they were still using Deck 1 for onboarding THIS TIME we got to use the giant gangways right up. The staff again very kind, very quick, before we knew it our feet were up and our hands full (OF DRINKS!) Right off the bat you can let it all go. Wave to your family and friends standing by the (arguably) beautiful Tear Drop Memorial as the horn blasts and you take the first strides out into open sea. THEN FORGET WHO YOU LEFT BEHIND because enjoyment begins NOW. You'll find your luggage is probably already in your stateroom (it gets there very quickly) just in time to change up and jump into one of 3 pools or 6 hot tubs. Or grab some grub at the oceanview cafe, a buffet style restaurant with just about anything you could desire. With themed days youll try just a little bit of everything over the course of your 7 night cruise, from English breakfasts, to Yes, authentic Portuguese culinary delights. (Im a pork chop myself, so that made me happy) There are several other specialty dining options, such as Blu, an aqua class exclusive, Luminae, Qsine, Sushi on 5, a gelateria, a coffee bar and so much more. The Cosmopolitan, our main dining room, is two floors of beautiful space, great wait-staff and better food. We sat with the same staff the entire time we were there and became good friends. They knew what we liked, how we liked it, and paid great attention to the small details like our anniversary, a birthday, and the fact that i dont like peas, never saw a single pea on anything i ate. Coming off the food- coma-to-be after dinner shows are a must, and if not after, maybe before, or early morning, there is always some kind of show, class, or otherwise going on. And there is something for everyone. Feel like watching a show on Broadway, we got those right here. Want a good laugh that will split your ribs apart, we have a few of those too. Want to sing your heart out cause you've had one too many, we have karaoke for that. It will swing you through tears,laughs, and move you to sing along good or bad, you'll find yourself tempted to join. (No hard feels, no judgment either) Lets talk service for a second, there is no company that can do it better. Our room attendant and I were on a first name basis. We had some embarrassing moments aboard, but he was there, took care of things quietly, made us laugh about it all, and best of all, we left feeling like we were leaving family behind. That goes for all of them. We dont have children, and honestly thats the one thing this ship lacks is really good entertainment for the kiddos, however, this ship/company is geared towards a more adult clientele. Or for kids who are okay with sitting back and relaxing (or too young to complain about being bored) A long winded review, but its so easy to speak highly of a company that truly puts US first. If you have issues, both on land or at sea, trust me, there's someone there for you. I wouldn't just recommend, ill go every year as proof , this is the place to be when you are ready to just let it all go. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Anniversary cruise with hubby. Wanted to take a cruise to Bermuda. Was great to leave out of NJ and not have to take a flight, like we always do. Bermuda is absolutely stunning! I loved the idea of the boat docking and staying at ... Read More
Anniversary cruise with hubby. Wanted to take a cruise to Bermuda. Was great to leave out of NJ and not have to take a flight, like we always do. Bermuda is absolutely stunning! I loved the idea of the boat docking and staying at the same place for 3 days. The horseshoe beach was breathtaking! The water clear, and inviting. Shame We got a terrible sunburn, even with applying sunblock several times through out the day. Getting onboard the cruise ship was easy and smooth. When you first get on, they try very hard sell you the drink packages. And keep coming around even when you’re already on ship and in the ocean cafe. And if you got one....they give you a whole explanation why you should upgrade. :) I did feel like it was a bit much. First impression of the ship getting on misty, old, outdated especially since I just got off the new and updated Mariner of the seas two week before. The drill took WAY to long...45 minutes at least. My stateroom: We got the concierge class balcony. Cabin 9181 walking down the narrow hallway with excitement of what awaits us. Walking into an old stateroom but I must say nice size room. The balcony rusty with a very large overhang above. What’s above? The Ocean cafe. Our stateroom attendant was by far the laziest, unhappy attendant I have ever had. My beds always looked like my 5 year old made it. The bed was not connected well or put the middle part connector, so your bed doesn’t split in the middle, like mine kept doing night after night, even after requesting that he do something about it after the first night, when I woke up with the worst back pain. He never tried to do anything extra or go out of his way to accommodate. I do t think he ever vacuumed, cleaned or wiped the floor, the shower, mirrors- or shelves. It was disgustingly dirty and full of dust, most almost everything had water stains. One Day returning from the pool I couldn’t find the remote. I looked everywhere...finally called “S” (my husband asked me not to post his name) and asked him if he saw it when he made up the room. He of course said “no” after 10 minutes of looking everywhere I already looked. I said fine just please get me another one. After him trying to find and excuse of why he doesn’t think he can. I said ok never mind I will just call downstairs. His response “ no they will just call me and have me look for it. He finally came back with one. That night when I was getting into my bed I felt something under the sheets ...guess what it was. Yep, the missing remote. Btw...I don’t think he changed our sheets. Dining experience: Our waiter “Marcelino” assistant waitress “ Emaly” and the nice guy that kept coming with our favorite drinks “Nyoman” were great. Marcelino even pulled out his guitar a few times and played a few songs for us. The food selection at the ocean cafe was great. Most of the assistant maitre d’ were sweet and wanted to help, some waitstaff were nice and pleasant however, many waiter and assistant waiters hmmm not so great. Some would just pretend they don’t hear you when you call them over. I felt Entertainmnet pool side was blah if any. The solarium was a great place to chill relax and even take a nap. The ship is old, so I actually experienced sea sickness for the first couple of days, especially in the dining room. Until I finally went down and to the nurse and got myself some pills. I never felt it on the previous cruises. Overall a nice relaxing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Mostly verything was A1....excellent. No big complaints at all except noisy cabin (see below) and inadequate slow tendering at New Port..not enough boats used. People were enraged as they were missing pre booked private excursions. ... Read More
Mostly verything was A1....excellent. No big complaints at all except noisy cabin (see below) and inadequate slow tendering at New Port..not enough boats used. People were enraged as they were missing pre booked private excursions. Excuses were made about speed restrictions in the harbour as if this was something new ! More imagination required for excuses.by request. The food experience was excellent, maybe because we had just finished an MSC Sinfonia Africa cruise which was just terrible so the comparison restored my faith in cruise holidays. We did ask for a large shared table as we think engaging with other cruisers is part of the experience but the first night we were stuck on a table for 2 in a corner with nobody at all even beside us. Not good. We were moved to a large table. This turned out to be unoccupied with occasional transient diners joining us some nights. This was a disappointment. If you are going to be on your own it's better on a table for 2 than on a 'losers table' The on-board newspapers only arrived at 1000..a bit late. Celebrity prides itself on its wine list but at what a price ! Some average economic 'house wines' would suit the 'average' cruiser better and possibly create sales as we didn't buy any dinner wine at all at such a huge markup. The $15+ charge for an in-cabin movie is a rip off. Since our last Celebrity cruise the service charge has gone up from 15% to 18%, that's a 20%increase. More upselling. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My DH and I chose this cruise to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We have been cruising almost annually since we went on our honeymoon in 1983 (RCL). Last year we went on Summit for a 9 day cruise, so this year we decided to ... Read More
My DH and I chose this cruise to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We have been cruising almost annually since we went on our honeymoon in 1983 (RCL). Last year we went on Summit for a 9 day cruise, so this year we decided to splurge and took a 10-day cruise in June. We had an awesome Sky Suite last year (Cabin 6131) and were able to book its twin cabin (6132) for this year's cruise. The balcony is much larger than most in these two sky suites as it juts out further than most. We enjoy sailing from Bayonne or Baltimore because we can drive to either port and not have to fly. I was concerned about embarkation because I am recovering from a broken bone in my leg and walking with a cane and a boot. The parking attendant was compassionate and pointed us to a closer parking space when he saw my situation. The check in was pretty smooth because we had booked a suite (this makes a huge difference on Celebrity and is worth the cost for the perks). Unfortunately three clerks could not get my photo taken along with the sea pass. They said the security clerk when we got on the ship would be able to do so. This was a complication that we could have done without. When we got to that clerk just before getting on the ship, he had to hold up the line while HE tried to get the photo to take and attach to my sea pass, causing passengers behind us to grumble. :( Honestly the Sea Pass never did work properly; it did not work as a key to open the cabin door, however it did work to charge things at the shops etc. I didn't ask for a replacement; due to my broken bone my husband was with me at all times anyway. Our suite butler, Rikki was excellent! We told him I needed ice for my leg a few times a day and he always kept a large bucket of ice ready in our cabin, three times/day. He was extremely efficient and always responsive to any question we had, and was an excellent problem solver! He was always cheerful and things were fixed in a hurry anytime we had a concern (though we did not have many!). One reason we usually book a suite on Celebrity is because Luminae is the restaurant for suite guests. The Maitre D at Luminae got our names right after the first time we told him our names and cabin number, and he greeted us with our names every time we arrived for a meal. :) Every staff member working in Luminae served us with a smile and was more than willing to accommodate any request we had. The sommelier was particularly attentive, which I loved. We ate at the Tuscan Grille one night and the food was delicious. The Maitre D there also went the extra mile to make sure we were satisfied with the service and the food. We went to the buffet lunch a few times while in port. It was hit or miss there. Often it was so crowded that it was difficult to get the food we wanted, and later in the cruise while we were in the last port (Newport) all the tables were taken so we had to take our plates to our cabin after we got our small rations. However the service in the buffet was always friendly and attentive, and tables were usually bussed rapidly. We went to a few of the shows, but only the ones with guest entertainers. The first one we attended, the "magician," was not very good; we gave it a half hour and then we got up and left. The second show we attended was a guest entertainer ventriloquist. After 20 minutes of toilet humor, we got up and left. The third and final show we attended was a singer/impressionist named Sean O'Shea. He was fantastic!!! He has a powerful voice, is a great singer in his own right, and he is hilarious and very energetic. He did impressions of so many entertainers from the current young ones to Tom Jones and Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, etc. The show was great and we loved it. Other nights we were too tired from onboard or onshore activities to attend any of the shows, and napping was very pleasant. The service onboard was outstanding. From Anastasia in Michael's Club, who wanted to know if we needed anything at any time, to the young gentleman in the Photo Gallery who found all our photos for us and stored them until the last night (after we paid for our complete photo package at a discount for suite guests on the first day onboard). This young man also caught up with us to take a few special photos of us on the final formal night. So very appreciated. We have been to Bermuda several times and it is our favorite port. We enjoyed the shops at Kings Wharf on the first day in port. On the second day we took the shore excursion through the ship to Horseshoe Bay. This involves taking a bus with other passengers to the destination. This year the bus was very overcrowded, with guests squeezed into "rumble seats" in the middle of the aisle. I was unable to sit next to my husband, and was squeezed in next to two passengers who were added at the last minute in the "rumble seats." While they were pleasant, the trip from the ship to Horseshoe Bay was not. It was very hot in the bus and unpleasant. We have taken this tour at least six other times and last year it was wonderful with a very comfortable bus and no overcrowding, and with working air conditioning. We expected such this year and were very disappointed in the transport. In Bar Harbor we did not get off the ship. It was very chilly in port and I decided to stay onboard and ice my leg. It was quite foggy too as the day progressed, through no fault of the cruise line. It was lovely sailing in to Bar Harbor though. In Boston we took a tour through the ship to board a smaller vessel (which had bathrooms, a bar and a snack bar for cash) and see the Harbor up close, and then continue on a commercial bus (which also had a bathroom; very nice). The harbour tour on the smaller bus was very nice. The bus tour was informative but it got a little long and boring; it could have been at least a half hour shorter. The guide tended to drone on and on about his own background rather than comment on the history of the sights at times. In Newport we took the tender to the town, and it was a quick trip and quite pleasant. We met up with friends we know who live in RI, and it was lovely there. If you don't choose a shore excursion there you can walk to many shops, businesses, etc. I highly recommend Newport as a a port; there is so much to do there and if you don't feel like taking an excursion you can explore on your own, and all the people there are so very kind and helpful. We had to have our bags out by 10 p.m. on the last night of the cruise. We are used to that so not a big deal. Debarkation seemed to have more chaos than necessary. Navigating our way to Michael's Club to wait to get off the ship was difficult due to crowds in other areas on the way to it. Debarkation could probably be streamlined somehow and not be so stressful. This was our fourth cruise on the Summit, and we love sailing on her. In the past we have taken our adult children and they enjoyed it very much too. We would not hesitate to sail on the Summit again. We had a VERY relaxing cruise and it was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. Having a broken bone and navigating with a boot and cane proved to be no trouble at all given all the kindness and assistance from the staff. What a wonderful group of people work on this ship. We can't wait to sail on her again soon! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, which was booked only 4 weeks in advance because of an amazing deal we found. The embarkation was very easy, within about 10 minutes we were on the ship with champagne in our hands at 11AM. The ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, which was booked only 4 weeks in advance because of an amazing deal we found. The embarkation was very easy, within about 10 minutes we were on the ship with champagne in our hands at 11AM. The room was ready at about 1pm and our luggage came shortly after. The service is the best that I have ever had on any cruise line. Our room steward Rosario was very good and anticipated our every need. Our waiter, Edic was also very nice. He would bring us dishes we didn't order, over and above what we did, if he thought it was something we would like so that we could try it. I thought the food in the dinning room very good. The food in the buffet at breakfast was good, but lacking at lunch and dinner. I loved that the casino is smoke free!!! We enjoyed sitting up on the Roof Top Terrace, and was disappointed when two of the NBA basketball play-off games that were supposed to be televised there were not. (Many disappointed people) We thought the entertainment in the theater was very good, the various artists around the ship were ok. We new that this was an older ship, so expected accordingly, however the chairs in the oceanview buffet area are a disgrace. Disembarkation was a pain. We opted for self disenbarkation, along with about 25% of the ship. Everyone was crammed in the roundevous lounge just waiting, the ship also docked later than planned so the wait was longer than it should have been. This is something other cruise lines does do better. All in all, a nice relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Staff is exceptionally upbeat professional, and friendly. Their smiles and happy attitude made my honey and I happy cruisers throughout our trip. Food is outstanding! Try not to miss out on the kitchen tour or the backstage tour. Both ... Read More
Staff is exceptionally upbeat professional, and friendly. Their smiles and happy attitude made my honey and I happy cruisers throughout our trip. Food is outstanding! Try not to miss out on the kitchen tour or the backstage tour. Both are fun, informative, and pretty much mind boggling! We love the three days in Bermuda. It so so much nicer than bouncing from one port to another every day. ( Wish you could add another day or two in Bermuda - can't hurt to mention! ) This is my cruise of choice every year. The ship is just the right size. Cruise terminal in Bayonne is tops. Embarkation is fast and easy because of friendly, helpful efficient staff. Parking is very safe and convenient. If you haven"t been to Liberty Science Center (located near the terminal) don't miss it. PS The pool deck has the best hot dogs and french fries that I have ever had. All true....lol Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We booked the Summit about six weeks prior to sailing when this cruise came up on the “Exciting deals” e-mail. I sent a note out to friends we have cruised with or met on cruises and to our delight one couple joined us. Port Liberty ... Read More
We booked the Summit about six weeks prior to sailing when this cruise came up on the “Exciting deals” e-mail. I sent a note out to friends we have cruised with or met on cruises and to our delight one couple joined us. Port Liberty cruise port is about a two hour drive from our home so we had no need for flights, although our friends flew up from Florida for the cruise. We left our home early Sunday morning and met our friends at the Newark Airport Hampton Inn. We enjoyed meeting up with them and they called an Uber while we drove to the port. Luggage drop off was a pleasure. I then went to park the car only to find the ‘new’ parking garage was closed and was directed to park on the surface lot about as far from the terminal as one could get. I walked back with my small carry-on and met my wife to go through security. Getting through security was the longest single wait (10 minutes?) then we were quickly checked in, key cards received, photos taken, and we were told we could board the ship. This was a pleasant surprise as it was only about 11:10 AM. Upon boarding the ship we met the cruise director who we asked where we should go to straighten out dining arrangements. He directed us to the dining room entrance where we met the maître-de Patrick and he made arrangements to have us all dine together at the same table in select dining every night of the cruise at 5:45. Due to dietary needs, we need to have a steady wait staff and preorder for the following night, so this is important to us. We met our friends in the Lido and enjoyed lunch. The roast beef was quite good. The fish served was just okay. The Lido got quite crowded as most folks headed there. We had noticed the dining room was open for lunch but only for Concierge guests. After chatting I walked down to see if the T-Pool was open and I found it was. We all moved down to the T-pool area and the men changed into swimwear and enjoyed the pool and hot tubs. Cabins were available at about 1:30; we didn’t hear the announcement but saw most of the people with luggage leave. About 2:00 we followed and found our cabin, #3037, an inside on deck 3. We have stayed in these cabins before and they are functional with a nice bathroom area and shower. We met our room steward Arnold and he reminded us of the 3:15 muster drill. Two of our three bags were waiting for us, the missing one showed up during dinner (no worries as that one only held snorkeling gear). We were able to unpack and store our clothing and I took a shower and was evening ready before the muster drill. The drill for us was in the main showroom. They were filling the room from the front back and I appreciated that when the drill was complete they dismissed from the front back. We went back to our cabin just one deck down from the theater. For sail-away we wanted to listen to the acoustic duo at the aft bar, but there is very little seating in that area (seems like tables and chairs are missing?). We ended up sitting in the aft lido and I went outside to take photos several times as we sailed away and under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Next we went down to listen to the strings duo in Cellar Masters until dinner. We went to dinner a little early in order to talk to our waiter, Putra, and his assistant Onsa about our special needs. They were most accommodating. Our friends joined us and we had a delightful time together. The recommended Prime Rib was excellent. DW’s salmon was very good and everyone seemed to enjoy the meal. After dinner we listened to the “Dancing town” in the Rendezvous lounge and actually danced once. We wanted to sample the solo guitarist in the grand foyer but his set was done by the time we arrived, so we moved on to the showroom for comedian A. J. Jamal. We very much enjoyed his comedy. By the time the show was over it was nearly 10:00 and time to call it a very full first day. Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) at Sea We slept very well and managed to make it to the dining room at 8:40. While waiting one of our friends came out and saw us. He said they had room at their table so we were able to join them. Breakfast was good. After breakfast we all split up. The ladies went to the galley tour, my friend went to the Bermuda talk, and I went to a computer class. All worked out well except the computer class as the instructor never showed. I went to the front desk who called to computer lab and they asked me to go to the lab. I did so, and after the apologies about a schedule change that didn’t make it into the program, for my trouble they comped me an unlimited internet package. At 11:30 the Summit held a Memorial Day service in the main foyer. This was very nice with all the officers participating. We were also told that we had increased speed and would arrive to Bermuda early due to a medical emergency. We enjoyed lunch in the dining room. We split up again after lunch with the ladies perusing the shops and I ended up at the T-pool. With the movement of the ship the T-pool was fantastic and I stayed there quite a while. We got ready for the “Chic” evening and before dinner visited the Elite lounge and enjoyed a couple of drinks. We met our friends at dinner at had a wonderful time together. Food so far has been very good. We had a photo of our group of six taken with the captain at the “Chic officer’s soiree’.” We then attended show time, “Life” by the singers and dancers. I will say the show was enjoyable although after a busy sea day it was hard to stay awake. We then called it a night. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – at sea and Bermuda arrival. With a time change last night we woke up too late for the dining room breakfast so the lido would need to suffice. The station at the very aft was not busy and we quickly had made to order omelets, waffles, and a nice fruit selection for breakfast. Next we used the T-pool and had a great time there. I got cleaned up just in time for a future cruise presentation on the Galapagos. This inexpensive trip suddenly became very costly as I was sold. This has also been on the bucket list for our friends so after a nice dining room lunch we went to visit the future cruise office and ended up booking the Celebrity Expedition 10 day Quito and Galapagos package for Thanksgiving, 2019. Although there were numerous activities available the afternoon passed in a bit of a fog. I took a short nap, got ready for dinner, and enjoyed the Elite lounge for a while as we watched the Anthem of the Seas and then the Norwegian Dawn sail away to make room for Summit at the dock. After dinner we went to do a walk around but found it was raining quite hard so we turned around. Fifteen minutes later it was dry so we left the ship and walked around the dockyards. Just before it became too dark to see, we noticed a large black cloud approaching so we headed back to Summit. We were not quite fast enough, however, and got totally drenched as the skies opened into a monsoon like rain very suddenly. Trying to find a place in the cabin to hang all the wet clothes was a challenge, and as it was quite late we missed the 9:00 show and ended up calling it a night. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Bermuda We were up early to get ready for our first day in Bermuda! We enjoyed a dining room breakfast where we met a young honeymooning couple who were married on Saturday. We met our friends for our 9:00 meeting to head to the ferry for the 9:30 to Hamilton. The 9:30 ended up being more like 9:45 and while waiting it was raining. During the ride to Hamilton the skies really opened up into a downpour. Fortunately, after arriving in never rained that hard again. We toured around Hamilton especially enjoying Queen Elizabeth Park and the postmaster museum. The cathedral was enjoyable to walk around and see the stained glass and well maintained stonework as well. We also visited Queen Victoria Park and then got on bus #7 with the intention of seeing the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. We told the bus driver we had six to visit the lighthouse and he said okay he would let us know when to get off. Well, he forgot. Several stops after the lighthouse he dropped us off to catch a return bus that would be along in ‘5 minutes.’ When the next bus heading back toward the dockyard came four of us took that bus to get back to the ship. The locals on the bus were very friendly and half of our group got off at the clocktower mall to do some shopping but we stayed on until the last stop and walked back to the ship for lunch. We enjoyed lunch from the buffet grille (all the way aft) and then dropped our bag in the room. I went to the T-pool, where I had it to myself for a while, and DW went shopping. While I was in the pool the sun actually came out so hopefully it will be a nice evening for the harbor night’s festival in Hamilton. We arrived at the dining room at 5:15 so we could catch the 6:45 ferry. Putra was most accommodating and we left the dining room at 6:15, skipping dessert. Just after we returned to our cabin we found out that due to the weather the mayor of Hamilton canceled tonight’s event. It was time for plan B. We went to the 7:00 show of “Chandelier” by the Summit’s cast. This was a really good show with a nice storyline and some excellent musical numbers. After the show we tried to find seats in the Rendezvous lounge but it was packed. We went to Café El’ Bacio for the first time this cruise for dessert and we enjoyed them. A Bermudian ambassador was on board and we visited with him a little. We always like it when ships bring local life on board. After this, thanks to Facebook, we had learned that ‘old friends’ we had not seen in 24 years were on the Norwegian Escape. We made plans to meet outside at 9:15 and visited with them until 10:50. They said they have a hard time finding friends to cruise with. Who knows, we may do a cruise with them at some point! Back to the cabin and we called it a very late night. Thursday, May 31, 2018 – Bermuda day 2 We were up and ready in time for a dining room breakfast at a table for two and met our friends at 9:00. We went out to the waiting St. George 9:30 ferry and had an enjoyable sail over to St. George on the outside deck. Upon arrival we took our time and enjoyed the town, stopping in a few shops, appreciating the nice clean restrooms, and we toured St. Peter’s church. St. Peter’s was a nice surprise. It was very well kept and very historic. Bermuda and St. Peter’s was the first place Queen Elizabeth visited 5 months after her coronation and photos of that visit were on display. The four of us got in a cab for the $7.35 cab ride over to Tobacco Bay. This is such a very nice place to swim or snorkel. While the beach was rather crowded this is still a great spot. I enjoyed snorkeling for quite some time and took a bunch of photos. When talking with my DW all of a sudden I couldn’t get the camera to turn back on. My “Waterproof” camera apparently bit the dust after about five years of service. Sure enough, after letting the camera dry out a while in the sun I opened the battery/memory card compartment and drops of moisture are inside. We had a little lunch at the on-site concession and enjoyed sitting at a table in the shade of a large umbrella. We went back in the wonderful water for the best part of an hour before coming out to dry off and catch a taxi back to the ferry boarding area in St. Georges. As we had enough time, we visited the local grocery and bought a couple of bottles of cold water and a chocolate bar. The ladies did some shopping while waiting for the ferry. Soon enough the ferry arrived and we had a nice ride back to the dockyards in the cool main deck. Back on the Summit we took quick showers to get ready for dinner. Dinner was again very enjoyable this evening and our wait staff is terrific. Following dinner we listened to a few tunes in the Rendezvous lounge and then attended the travel trivia and champagne event hosted by the future cruise team. We knew all the places in the photos and had the maximum amount of possible entries into a prize drawing, but no one in our group won one of the three prizes. Still, this was a fun event. We attended the 9:00 show, “Vocal flash.” They are very talented but this wasn’t really our kind of music. After the show we called it a night. Friday, June 01, 2018 Bermuda, day three We enjoyed breakfast at the aft of the Oceanview café and left to meet our arranged outing on “Hartley’s Helmet Dive.” This ended up being a terrific outing with about a 40 minute trip out to the site and then Greg Hartley took folks down in groups of six (three groups of six) with each group getting about 45-50 minutes on the bottom (well over the advertised amount of time). DW and I very much enjoyed this and it became the highlight of our time in Bermuda. Greg arranges to take photos and a short video of each party who wants them at a reasonable cost. This was very important to us as my underwater camera died the prior day! We returned to the dock, just minutes’ walk from the ship, at about 1:45. We returned to the Summit and quickly dropped off our things in the cabin and went for lunch again at the far aft lido grill. I think this is the best area of the Oceanview Café as your food is cooked to order. The Paninis are also made fresh to order, so you can’t go wrong here! We met up with our friends and visited a while sharing the day’s adventures while enjoying an ice cream. DW returned to the cabin to rest up before our “Chic” evening tonight while I enjoyed the indoor pool a while. I was told that two folks missed the ship as they were seen running for the ship after we had begun to pull away. Funny thing is we later learned they were actually on the NCL ship so they were REALLY late as the Escape had left about an hour earlier! After cleaning up for dinner we all enjoyed dinner. Lobster was on the menu tonight as well as Beef Wellington and other upscale entrees. Putra took superb care of us with double Lobster tails. After dinner we attended the senior officer’s cocktail party where I was able to have the captain autograph our group photo with him. The party was a very nice event. Afterwards, we headed over to the theater for the singers and dancers performing “Soundtrack.” This is their last show as a group as their contract is up and they leave when we leave the Summit Sunday morning. The show was very enjoyable. As much as we would have loved to participate in some of the later entertainment, a very busy day with lots of fresh Bermudian air and happy fish made us very tired so we called it a night. Saturday, June 2, At sea returning towards Cape Liberty This was a very busy sea day. We went to the elite breakfast for the first (and last) time this cruise. That is a very nice quiet area in the Murano restaurant and is certainly a nice, lighter, alternative for a sea day like today. This was followed by a walk around looking for our friends. While we didn’t find them immediately we did catch up with them and the ladies went shopping all the ‘clearance sales’ while the men attended Captain Yannis’ presentation on “Secrets of ship’s navigation.” He was very through and spent a lot of time taking questions. We left there to meet up with the ladies for a dining room lunch. Lunch was very enjoyable and relaxing. After lunch, we did a walk about of areas of the ship we had not previously seen, including the rooftop terrace on deck 12. The outdoor movies are shown here and if you got there early enough there is some shade, but most seats are out in the open. There are also quiet shaded areas on the sides of the ship. It was a beautiful afternoon and we took a number of photos up there! We found a vacant table near the pool grille and had a nice time chatting and visiting. We saw Putra working the pool grille and he posed for a photo. We tried to listen to some music there by the pool but sitting off that far to the side the sound was not pleasant. Soon enough it was time to get ready for dinner and we enjoyed one last visit to the Elite cocktail hour. It is certainly nice to have a degree of status on two cruise lines so we have options when looking for our next vacation(s)! Dinner was again very good with Turkey on the menu. I asked for a double order of all white meat and again Putra came through. So good. After dinner we found a table by Café El Bacio to share our photos with each other. We attended the final show, comedian Gina Brillon “All the way from New York.” Gina was enjoyable but not as good as A. J. Jamal on day one. After dinner we visited with our friends for a few minutes and arranged to meet for our final breakfast Sunday morning. Sunday, June 03, 2018 – Disembarkation We ended up waking up before the alarm. Turning on the bridge cam, I saw that we were approaching the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. I threw on some clothes and heading up top with the camera. Nearly no one else was up there and I was able to take some nice photos and video, including of one of the “Op sail” ships sailing away from New York. We met our friends for our 7:45 dining room breakfast as we had luggage tag #27 (late) for disembarkation. We were the second to last party in the dining room and left there about 8:50. We stayed in Cellar Masters on the comfortable chairs while listening to the numbers being called. We joined the disembarkation line at 9:30 and it was 10:15 by the time we snaked through the line at customs. Although we have “Global entry” which saves us oodles of time returning by air, this did not help at cape liberty. One last hug and handshake with our friends (who we will see again at Thanksgiving on Princess) and we paid our parking fee and loaded the luggage into the car. With two stops on the way home, including one for a nice relaxing lunch, we arrived home at 1:45 as our friends were on their Southwest plane headed home to Florida. Conclusion: This cruise was a very pleasant surprise. After our last Celebrity experience I had low expectations. Yet it was a wonderful cruise. Captain Yannis’ is the most out and about Captain I recall from any of our cruises. Cruise director Dan was everywhere. The crew is happy and with two isolated exceptions among our group, service was outstanding. Our dining room team at table 165 of Putra and Onsa were incredible, taking care of DW’s special dietary needs while also catering to my particular preferences. The shows were of a caliber not seen on a ship we’ve traveled on for years. Unlike the Reflection a few years ago, they were understandable and enjoyable, with talented performers. The food in the main dining room was consistently very good, with some excellent options thrown in. Finding that aft grille in the Oceanview café was also a nice surprise, we do not recall that from previous trips on the Summit. The captain announced that the Summit will be getting a $77 million dry-dock next spring as the corporation had decided to keep the C class ships in the fleet. This is good as the furniture in the Oceanview is certainly past its prime. Some of the new “Edge” features will be incorporated into the ship. A Bermuda cruise is ‘different’ that almost any other cruise with just one port and the ship becoming a floating hotel for several days. Regardless, we slept extremely well, had a great time and enjoyed nearly everything the ship had to offer. No cruise in a number of years has exceeded four stars in my reviews since our five star Antarctica cruise on the Zaandam in 2015. The happy ship Summit gets 4 ½ stars (out of 5). We look forward to future cruises on the Summit after next year’s renovations. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Celebrity Summit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.5 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.7
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.1

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